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    Cabrera blasts historic 500th home run


    Toronto — It was getting excruciating, trudging into the ninth game since he hit home run No. 499. He had gone 4 for 31. The last three games, he hadn’t hit a ball in the air, let alone out of the park. 

    Then, in the sixth inning Sunday at Rogers Centre, Blue Jays starter Steven Matz, after he’d gotten an ugly swing with a fastball, decided to throw a change-up and Miguel Cabrera made history off of it. 

    The ball left his bat at 104 mph and flew on a line 400 feet over the wall in right-center.

    He was hugged and high-fived as he trotted back into the Tigers’ dugout and given a rousing, standing ovation by the Blue Jays faithful, which Cabrera stepped out to acknowledge. 

    Cabrera is the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 500 home run plateau and the first player to accomplish the feat since David Ortiz in 2015 and his friend and mentor Albert Pujols in 2014.

    He is the first in the 121-year history of the Detroit baseball franchise to do it wearing a Tigers uniform.

    "Miggy is living proof that legends exist," Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. "They’re not just in your mind. This is in front of us every day. This matters.”

    Gary Sheffield and Eddie Mathews, both of whom spent just two seasons in Detroit, are the others in the 500-homer club with Tigers ties.

    “Miggy is living proof that legends exist,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “They’re not just in your mind. This is in front of us every day. This matters.”

    Cabrera, a Venezuelan native, began his big-league career in 2003 at age 20 with the Florida Marlins and his first home run — a walk-off in the 11th inning off Tampa Bay’s Al Levine — came in his fifth at-bat.



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